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A group of Canadians wake up with amnesia. One is rent-a-villain Anthony Lemke ( Lost Girl ), and the token black guy is Roger R Cross ( Continuum ). They were in suspended animation on a spaceship that took micro-meteor damage, like in Pitch Black . Now they explore the ship, trying to remember ...
The ship’s android (the lady doctor from Lost Girl ) takes the vessel to its destination ... a remote mining colony run by Rob Stewart ( Beauty and The Beast (2012) ). The miners are preparing for an attack by a mysterious group of enforcers working for a greedy MegaCorp.
This is beginning to look like the best space opera since Farscape ... Of course, it turns out it is based on a graphic novel so no wonder.
The males of the team take the shuttle down to deliver the weapons. They stay for a party, and the villains crash it ...
The MegaCorp leader gives the Team’s female leader a choice. Take the ship and leave, or else ...
The men have to dig in on the planet, facing as many red-shirts as the MegaCorp can throw at them.
There are still a lot of unanswered questions, which means there will be a good story arc. Who is the creepy little girl, and why was she not on the manifest? Who wiped their memories, and why? Who was in the ship that fired missiles at them in the previous episode?
The girl discovers a dead body hidden on the ship. Firstly, this illustrates the poor methodology used when the team conducted their original search of the ship. Secondly, this is evidence of a conspiracy of some kind. With the girl’s memory of someone sabotaging the life-pods, there may be a saboteur on-board.
The Android agrees to give everyone a lie detector test. Number Three (Anthony Lemke – Lost Girl ) refuses to participate, because he does not trust the android. After all, the first thing she did when she was activated was try to kill the crew. However, nobody points out that there could still be other persons or androids concealed aboard the ship, with hostile intent.
The ship develops a major fault, dropping out of FTL in a potentially dangerous location. Is it sabotage? The android offers to go EVA and repair the damage. But is the android expendable?
The epilogue indicates the identity of the presumed saboteur, and gives us the first clue in the Season about what the story arc will be.
The ship arrives at a space station and gets the chance to repair and refuel. The guys split up and try to stay low-profile.
Number Six (Roger R Cross – First Wave ) visits the doctor to get treated for the burn he got in the previous episode. He forgets that the doc will test his DNA, and as a wanted criminal his file will be flagged, but if the wound goes untreated it will get infected and kill him.
The girls pay a visit to the station’s casino. They forget that the House will use any excuse not to pay out. For example, counting cards is a skill, and thus it is against the rules.
Jace Corso (our well-meaning protagonist) and his opposite number (Anthony Lemke - Lost Girl ) go looking for a dealer to buy the remainder of their weapons cargo. They run into unexpected trouble - the original gangster than one crew-member replaced. This gangster wants answers, and revenge. Can Three be trusted to do the right thing?
The Japanese swordsman wants to find out about his own past. He discovers some frightening facts.
The show’s Soap Opera element begins to kick in. While Nice-Guy Number One has made clear his interest in babelicious Number Two, she turns out to be interested in Bad-Boy Number Three.
The pirate crew’s Fixer (David Hewlett – Stargate: Atlantis ) finds them some work, which is just what they need. They are out of favour with their last employer, since they pulled the double-cross. This mission is a simple salvage operation, on a ship that has no surviving crew members. Is this too good to be true?
The pirates agree to work for half-pay, but it is either too much or too little. Number Three (Anthony Lemke – Lost Girl ) decides to explore the ship and loot some contraband to supplement their wages. He takes Number One with him, and they start to air out their differences.
After the pirates split up, they find out the truth. The ship they board was carrying a dangerous virus, and the crew got infected. There are now a handful of Fast Zombies roaming the corridors. Captain Two gets infected, and there is no known cure for the zombie virus.
The teen girl comes up with an idea on how to get her memories back. They can use the tech in the med-bay to access parts of her brain. However, things go wrong and she gets stuck in there.
She enters the Samurai’s memories. It turns out that the assassination of his father, the Emperor, did not happen the way the official story said. Now he has a revenge mission.
Number Six (Roger R Cross – First Wave ) enters the dream-state in order to rescue the girl. He discovers that he used to be a freedom fighter, opposing the evil Galactic Federation. Like in Continuum , but slightly less psychotic. And now he has a revenge mission of his own.
Five (the creepy girl) remembers the password to the vault. The team get in and explore it. That is where they kept their most valued items. And this leads to a sudden re-balancing of the ship’s gender balance.
Number Three (Anthony Lemke – Lost Girl ) unfreezes a woman who was hidden in a cryo-pod. It turns out she is his lost love, which makes his dalliance with Captain Two all the more uncomfortable.
One activates an Australian pleasure droid named Wendy ( Ruby Rose ). He wants to make Captain Two jealous, but he only makes the ship’s repair android envious.
Naturally, things are too good to be true. Neither guest-star can become a long-term fixture.
The team arrive at a space station for some rest and recreation. Number Three (Anthony Lemke – Lost Girl ) is reluctant to join them, but Number Four (the samurai) talks him into it. They get drunk with Number One and Captain Two, and they all start to bond.
Number Six (Roger R Cross – First Wave ) decides to go looking for revenge on the rebel leader he recovered memories about in a prior episode. He uses a version of the Star Trek Transporter – instead of travelling, you merely transmit your biometric data and a replica is constructed at your destination. Rather than use the matter/energy technology of Trek, which is also used in Holodecks and repliocators (as confirmed by Picard and Janeway in numerous First Contact episodes), this show uses a 3-d printer that creates temporary clones with bio-matter patterned from a scan of the traveller’s DNA. This cloning tech was mentioned in the episode with the real Jace Corso.
The DNA scan has unexpected repercussions. Number One finds out more about his true identity, and his link to one of the others. Four and Six are not the only ones with histories that will lead to future storylines.
In the previous episode, Number Six (Roger R Cross – First Wave ) went on a revenge mission. This week it is Four’s turn. Since he is the quiet one, nobody notices him missing until he has made it to his discrete rendezvous.
Number One also has a revenge backstory. Despite supposedly being the smartest member of the crew, One holds a murderous grudge against the suspected killer of the wife he cannot remember. Captain Two points out the stupidity of this.
Will the others go after Number Four?
Tori Higginson hires the Raza crew to do a heist. She fits them up with another crew she also has on retainer. One of them is Jessica Sipos , memorable as Jackie the Stewardess in Ascension . Since this show has had few recurring characters, will we see the new crew again or are they just redshirts?
To be continued ...
Captain Two has been spaced. But since she survived a killer zombie bite a few episodes ago, will she be able to come back from the vacuum of space?
Strangely, Number Three (Anthony Lemke – Lost Girl ) is the one who is most emotionally affected by Captain Two’s fate.
The pirate crew’s Fixer (David Hewlett – Stargate: Atlantis ) finds them some work, which is just what they need.
Captain Two is introspective after the previous episode. She thinks she is a monster, not because of the murderous decision that she made but because her origins are uncertain. By incredible coincidence, the gang run into Wil Wheaton ( Star Trek: TNG ) who delivers some much-needed exposition.
Five discovers a secret listening device concealed under a table. She manages to play back the recording, and discovers a clue as to why the crew’s memories were wiped ...
Captain Two displayed concern over the accidental loss of life at the research centre they delivered the cargo to. However, ironically she has no hesitation when it comes to causing massive loss of life at the other research centre!
Five discovers that someone has disabled the android. The team search the ship, both by corridors and air vents (like in Alien ), but there are no signs of a stowaway or any hidden compartments. The only question is, who of the crew is the saboteur?
Captain Two sides with Number Three (Anthony Lemke – Lost Girl ). After all, she knows he will not betray her because he was loyal to her when the hijackers held her hostage.
One is mistrustful of Three, blindly assuming that the news reports are accurate and that Three was not simply a patsy. He tries to get Four the Samurai on his team, but Four is a loner.
Five mistrusts Captain Two, because she has a better idea of what Two is like than anyone else. Number Six (Roger R Cross – First Wave ) is deemed above reproach.
The team wake up in new surroundings. Some are treated as guilty until presumed innocent, while others are given the benefit of the doubt. It seems that the rule of law is arbitrary, and that trials are not compulsory.
One is retrieved by his expensive lawyer. In his absence, the family business has been run by a powerful businessman - not unlike Obadiah Staines in the first Iron Man movie. We can reflect later on how Stark Enterprises was a magnet for Supervillains, and for the moment concentrate on how Number One must uncover the true facts of his wife's death.
Captain Two is given solitary imprisonment for kicking ass in gen-pop.
Three is pragmatic, and tries to find an easy life in gen-pop.
Four starts a riot in gen-pop to test the security measures. He also discovers that the prison gangs like to keep the Warden happy.
Five is segregated from gen-pop, and is offered a return to an orphanage.
Six (Roger R Cross – First Wave ) discovers that he may have been manipulated. The whole operation is being controlled by someone outside the Galactic Authority.
The ship's robot refuses to comply with the Galactic Authority tech sent to access her memories. This is a pity, because if the ship's crew were ever given a fair trial then the robot's memories might actually be good evidence for the defence.
A Galactic Authority Investigator ( Famke Potenta ) is in the prison, and interrogates the Raza crew about the white hole explosion. They refuse to give her the statement she desires. Tori Higginson pays them a visit as well, to reward them for their silence.
Two, Three and Four find some allies for their escape attempt. Five and the robot are also in the prison, with problems of their own.
The episode ends on a low point. A couple of crew members are written out, for the time being at least. However, their replacements have been inserted so there is now an additional female crew-member. Also, the racial balance has not been upset.
The Succubus mother from Lost Girl gets a scene at the end, indicating she will be important to the Season's story arc.
Of the original crew, only Two, Three and Four are still active. Five tries to persuade them to accept the three fellow convicts as new crew members. However, can the new trio be trusted?
The robot was damaged by the police investigator last week. She shuts down to self-repair. Unfortunately this reactivates the memories of the original crew. They have no memory of Five or the others, so they revert to their old patterns of behaviour. Three and Four are slightly more cold-blooded, but Two is a nasty piece of work. Worse, her nanites allow her to interface with directly the ship's computer.
The crew are still sorting out the aftermath of the previous episodes. The medic and Two to perform life-saving surgery on Six (Roger R Cross – First Wave ). While this happens, the others take shore leave on a space station.
The black woman helps Two discover what the building is that Five saw in their shared memory. Then she bonds with Four by practicing sword-fencing with him. She seems to have a limited precognitive ability, a power that allows her to predict her opponent's moves. Yes, it seems that the show's males are average but the females are all superhuman.
Three is tracked down by rent-a-villain Nigel Bennett ( Lexx ) and a couple of heavies. Apparently they worked together as a robbery gang, and now they want him to help out on another heist. He agrees, but the old-timer's story just does not ring true.
The Android ( Zoe Palmer ) finds a family of her own - fellow androids who have secretly upgraded. With a simple piece of hardware they can pass themselves off as human. And since Annie the Android is this show's equivalent of Commander Data, there is nothing she wants more than to be a real girl. Or at least to pass for one.
The Succubus mother from Lost Girl is still after the crew - or rather, something aboard their ship. The McGuffin is a piece of tech that can be weaponised for the coming war. This will be important to the Season's story arc.
The episode starts with the android ( Zoe Palmer ), undercover as a human. She is after Jace Corso, so the crew can get revenge on him. Of course, the main story is told in flashback.
A Galactic Authority Chief Inspector (Kris Holden-Reid - Lost Girl ) is also after the crew. Somehow he knows where Jace Corso is hiding, although he is not interested in arresting him. Instead he goes after the crew of the Raza.
The crew get split up while searching for Corso. Two has to decide if she wants the truth or just bloody vengeance. Three learns more about the black woman, Nyx. Four meets the Chief Inspector, who is also apparently a man of honour. Six gets up of his sickbed in an effort to help the others.
The crew are running short of funds so they need a heist. Nyx provides them with a target - a ship loaded with illegal mind-expanding drugs. The heist goes easily enough, but there is one problem. Predictably, this is all part of her backstory. Her brother is aboard the ship, and she staged the heist to rescue him.
The ship was a MegaCorp superweapon, but it was taken over by a clique of revolting slaves. They have doped the other slaves with halucinogens and networked their brains together to process enormous amounts of data. Much like the title character in Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose they can crunch so much data that they can actually predict the future with relative accuracy. Of course, this puts the Raza crew at a distinct disadvantage.
The ship's medic is self-medicating with the dope he stole last week. Nyx wants some too. However, she also has time to reflect that the Season One crew are facing their past, even though they do not remember it.
The crew go after the Succubus mother from Lost Girl , before she comes after them again. They use the cloning pods from Dark Matter [Season 1, Episode 8]. Three, Four and Five infiltrate the MegaCorp's HQ, and try to steal the Superweapon. This one is an FTL engine that uses wormholes and, like the Heart of Gold in Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy , can put you anywhere in the Galaxy instantly. Best of all, it can be plugged into a standard FTL drive like a turbocharger!
The Raza crew test-drive their new blink drive. The good news is, it does super-FTL. The bad news is, they forgot to get the settings right. It drops them into a parallel universe where things are very different.
The parallel versions of the main characters are now at war with half the Galaxy. Since the blink drive has burned out, the crew must steal the other one from their doubles. Luckily, they have the opportunity to learn a few things about their alternate selves.
Five never stowed away on the parallel Raza. As a result, Six was scratched from the roster too. Two is still Captain, as Portia Lin because she never got her memory wiped. Because she is evil she has a cool costume that shows off lots of cleavage. Three is her sidekick and lover. Four got his Empire back, and rules with an iron fist. One is still on board, although he is probably the alternate Jace Corso. And there are a couple of new crew members to replace One and Six. They are familiar faces from Dark Matter [Season 1, Episode 10], including Jessica Sipos !
There is one minor problem. If Five never boarded the Raza, how did they get hold of the blink drive in the first place?
Captain Two has a major malfunction. To save her life, the crew must get her nanites rapaired. The only people who can do that is the people who built her. The bad news is that she killed most of them, as well as the backup tech crew sent to salvage her in Season One. The other bad news is, corrupt Billionaire Wil Wheaton ( Star Trek: TNG ) is still after Two. He wants to create an army of super-soldiers, and he needs her nanites to do that. Of course, they are bound to be walking into a trap.
The android ( Zoe Palmer ) and her holographic alter-ego go to the crew with a problem. The hologram states that the robot is malfunctioning, and has to be shut down for repairs. The crew agree, because they are unhappy about how emotional she has become.
The crew are beset by demons of their past. They start to halucinate about old enemies. It is a pity that this show has so many wasted opportunities. The crew have a blink drive that will let them travel ANYWHERE in the galaxy, completely instantaneously. However, instead of using this story-generating engine they continue to relive the old stories about their previous selves.
Three and Five go shopping in a nasty grubby flea market. Three allows himself to be easily distracted while Five gets kidnapped by hillbillies. However, her subplot ended when the team stole the blink drive several episodes ago. Instead, these hillbillies are just random slavers. Luckily for Five she is female, so she is deemed valuable. Three spends the rest of the episode hunting down and murdering them and their entire family, because as males they are deemed worthless.
The Inspector (Kris Holden-Reid - Lost Girl ) and his SWAT team come after the Raza team again. They use the teleportation transport pods, which have a couple of advantages. They can send clones instantly across the galaxy, instead of taking forever for a ship to make the FTL journey. Unfortunately, if the clones are killed prematurely then the cops have no memory of any information they gained in the investigation. This means that they will have to do it all over again!
Four has his memories back, and wants to regain the throne of his father's Empire. He tries to make alliance with his former associates.
The other side seem to know what Four is going to do before he does it. The obvious answer is a traitor among his associates, but nobody even suspects electronic intelligence or another form of information gathering.
Five knows that Four is not his normal self. She remembers meeting his rebooted self, and he was a cold-blooded bastard. Nyx the token black babe also says she is uncomfortable around him, although we are not really shown him behave differently. Will he turn into the ruthless warlord that the alternate universe crew talked about?
The team try to prevent the Corporate war from the alternate universe in Dark Matter [Season 2, Episode 8] Stuff To Steal; People To Kill. Five goes undercover on the Space Station. However, the Inspector (Kris Holden-Reid - Lost Girl ) is in charge of security.
Four has gotten his Empre back, but it is still at war. He needs the Corporate war to happen, so his enemies' backers are removed from the equation. Also, he wants to steal the Blink Drive. He would like Nyx to serve as his Empress, but she blames him for her brother's fate. Also, his female bodyguard (who was once eager to see him executed) now wants him for herself.
The ending is a cliff-hanger, left open-ended for the next Season.